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Roaring Twenties

Working hours fell + Wages rose = More time and money

Known as the Jazz Age - Black Music

  • Strong in the northern cities - it came with the black migration
  • More dancehalls, radios and gramma phone records
  • Older people hated it - linked to sex
  • Famous Jazz artists - Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong

1920s - Dancehalls opened up

Slow dances --> Fast more rhythmic - More sexual

Popular - Charleston and Black Bottom

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Women

Women filled male jobs in WW1 - Forced out after war

  • 1920s - 25% more women working
  • 1920 - Give the right to work - Limited access to government - Eleanor Roosevelt

Corsets --> Hemlines went up and hair cut short

Clothes by mail order Advertising targeted women

Women more liberated

  • Some smoked
  • Wore makeup
  • Drove cars
  • Going out with men

Flappers = Modern Day Slut - Young, Middle aged women all of above

Women immigrants did not neccessairly live like this, nor did people in the countrside.

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Cinema

  • Hollwood = Film Capital
  • 3 a week
  • Comedies most popular - Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton
  • Silent untill 1929
  • Starts were household names
  • Older people again did not like :( kissing censored
  • Fashion Icons
  • Escapism
  • Novelty
  • More Money/Time

Sport

  • More Time/Money
  • Very Profitable
  • Famous people - Jack Dempsey and Gene Tymney (Boxing) and Babe Ruth (Baseball)
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